News March 1974: Hiroo Onoda (2nd left) walking from the jungle where he had hidden since World War II. Onoda has died at the age of 91

Second Lt. Onoda, who finally surrendered in 1974, has died at the age of 91

On The Road: Beach bliss revisited on Oaxaca's coast

In an attempt to relive my backpacking days and catch some rays, I'd decided to follow the trail of small beach resorts that dot the Mexican Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca.

Man jailed in India over drugs allowed to return to UK

A British backpacker who was jailed in India for drugs offences has been granted approval by Indian authorities to serve the remainder of his sentence in the UK, campaigners said today.

Backpacker jailed in India to be returned to UK

But former City worker must still serve remainder of 10-year sentence for drugs possession charges

Andes, By Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs has dedicated his bulky record of travelling down the Andes to his brother, who survived being stoned in Peru, and to the bus drivers. Although parts of this extraordinary feat involve trains, planes, a ferry and taxis, it's the buses and their drivers - who rattle up and down giddy-making gorges and over oxygen-starving mountain passes, often compared to a rollercoaster – that count. To trust these death-defying buses, with landslides, punctures, tales of guerrilla hold-ups, fog, blinding rain and crosses signalling crashes down ravines, is astonishing.

Backpackers pack their bags and leave Bangkok in droves

Thai capital's hotels, shops, cafés and conference centres all report a drastic drop in custom

Flooding closes Inca citadel

The last young backpackers have been airlifted away from Machu Picchu, leaving Peru to grapple with flood damage that will close its top tourist site for weeks, or even months.

Pacific heights: North Shore of Oahu hits the jackpot

Waimea Bay's waves are legendary but yesterday brought the biggest swell in years and a dramatic surfing contest. Andy Martin reports from Hawaii

Grizzly Bear - Out of the woods, into the light

The Brooklyn experimental indie band Grizzly Bear, cut from lo-fi cloth and now lauded by rock royalty, talk to Nick Hasted about their burgeoning success, jazz – and tinned soup

Jerome Taylor: Pack your bags and dodge the downturn

Malaysia Notebook: About 60 per cent of people said the economy was the prime reason for their decision to go travelling

New moon rising: return of the werewolf

Forget vampires. A raft of new werewolf films looks set to take horror to hairy new levels. It's time to stock up on the silver bullets, says Stephen Applebaum

How to find a good value hotel in Sharm el Sheikh

Egypt’s playground, Sharm el Sheikh, is now emerging from the fierce heat of its summer months and getting ready for peak season.

Honeymoon couple in river 'tubing' tragedy

Woman finds husband's body after three-day search

Father accuses found backpacker of theft

When 19-year old Jamie Neale was found alive after having been missing for 12 days in Australia's Blue Mountains, pictures of the beaming, bearded face of his relieved father appeared around the world.

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